Wedson reflects on successful Algerian hunting trip


Zambia National Soccer team Coach Wedson Nyirenda talking to Journalists
Zambia National Soccer team Coach Wedson Nyirenda talking to Journalists
Coach Wedson Nyirenda has praised Zambia’s character in Tuesday night’s 1-0 away win over Algeria that saw them complete back-to-back 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B triumphs over The Fennecs.

Zambia eliminated the four-time World Cup finalists from the race to Russia after the result left Algeria rooted at the bottom of Group B on 1 point with two games left to play.

Chipolopolo had just three days prior to Tuesday’s win in Constantine defeated Algeria 3-1 in Lusaka on September 2.

Patson Daka scored the all-important goal in the 66th minute to move Zambia within three points of leaders Nigeria whom they face away in their penultimate Group B match on October 7.

“It was not an easy game in Lusaka and it was equally not easy one here in Constantine,” Nyirenda said is a post-match interview.

“Algeria played a very good game and showed character.

“They attacked a lot but we had a a plan of containing them and hitting them where it matters most.

“It worked for us, I commend the players for what they have done.”

Second placed Zambia, on 7 points, must now beat Nigeria away next month to join them on 10 points for them to take Group B qualification to the wire.

Zambia will host 3rd placed Cameroon in their final game on November 6 who are out of the race on 3 points.

Nigeria will visit Algeria on the same date.


  1. +3

    Congratulations Chipolopolo and keep it up..but I would love to see a combination of both Chisamba Lungu and Enock Mwepu where Chisamba will be a winger and Mwepu a central mid-fielder..

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      Not in yesterdays game.. the plan was defense which Chisamba is not very good at. The coachs personnel selection was spot on yesterday. In the Nigeria game we can have all the sppedy guys, Chisamba, Chilufya and Mwepu…

  2. 0

    Great game, i’m sure we have the weapons to beat Nigeria, i see Zambia causing an upset. Wait and see we will conquer the world.

  3. +1

    Before the last 2 games slated for 7th October and 6th November, let the team camp in Europe on 2 occassions for each game and include more strikers from under-20. Congrants Chipolopolo!

  4. vote

    Please play Chisamba Lungu next time, we can not have for 90 minutes on the bench while we are struggling to win the balls at the middle field.

  5. +1

    Indeed the National Team is rejuvenated in must admit.
    What we watched last night and the previous game last Saturday,is what we as fans would love to see often.
    Thnks alot Wada Wada and Besto Quicksilver!!!!!!

  6. +1

    BIG UPS to the chipolopolo guys you have done us proud and keep it up,especially to our coach wedson nyirenda for that strategy of not allowing the algerians to penetrating into our 18 box.If they did so,it would have been another story and also WELL DONE to Kennedy mweene.

  7. 0

    Big up boys, I thought going to Algeria and getting a result was the toughest task. Going to Nigeria and pulling off a win shall be difficult but not as much as going to North Africa. There you have to go past the unfriendly and racist atmosphere as well as the laser pointers….

  8. vote

    Bring Beston in! Maintain quickplays like quicksilver and start teaching shootings. Those players (strikers) were pathetic at shootings! two of them!

  9. vote

    Great work boyz! Way to go Chipolopolo! Like I said Africas teams in this worldcup may not produce any upsets. The quality of teams leaves alot to be desired! Even Nigeria is not convincing. Since when did you have Victor Moses as your as your Ace player to win games for you? Ghana has gone to youngsters like Zambia and so has Cameroon. All old teams are tired world over it appears but in Africa rebuilding sometimes takes too long.

  10. vote

    Congratulations you won but the standard of ply still leaves much to desired. You won because because you scored Not because of having played good football.

  11. vote

    Well done Chipolopolo boys. You have kept our world dreams alive. Keep up the good work! Ni bola na Lesa. God bless Zambia!

  12. vote

    We still need to identify a quick thinking but tough defensive midfielder, a cross between John Lungu & Charles Musonda would do nicely…

  13. vote

    Well done chipolopolo Boys keep it up please next game dont forget to include chisamba and computer on the middle and chilufya. Bola naLesa.

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